THE GOLDEN GLOBES ARE HERE….Well at least the nominations are. With the 2019 ceremony slated to kick off Hollywood’s award season next month the nominations were officially announced this morning with a few surprises and a few obvious choices on the mix for major movie-based awards. So to give you some insight on the nominees and categories let’s take a look at who has been nominated for the first of the two major movie-theme award shows for 2019. This is my 2019 Golden Globe Nominee Review.
Today I’m just going to simply look at who has been nominated and who should have been nominated for categories to fill you in on where everything stands in the world of film as the first major award show gets ready to set the stage on Jan. 6. I will be looking at MOVIE CATEGORIES ONLY as this is a movie blog and NOT a television blog. The only category I will not be touching on is foreign films as I rarely cover those although “Roma” did receive a nomination and I fully plan to review that potential Best Picture nominee soon. Who do you think got snubbed and who do you think didn’t deserve a nomination? Or do you think the Globes got it right for this year’s slate of nominees? Let me know in the comments below. So without further ado the nominees are….
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)
For me the two most deserving women so far earned their spots here. Glenn Close and Lady Gaga turned in two of the best performances by leading ladies in 2018 and many believe Close to be the favorite to earn the honor. Nicole Kidman’s performance in “Destroyer” has yet to be seen by the masses but it’s being called one of her best works yet so when that film comes out we’ll finally get to see what all the fuss. The two performances I really can’t comment on are Melissa McCarthy’s and Rosamund Pike’s as I did not get to see “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” or “A Private War” during the literal one weekend they were playing at my local theater but the previews showed a lot of potential in their performances so I’m sure they are deserving. The problem is I do feel like this leaves at least one worthy actress out of the mix. I think Tony Collette got robbed here. Her performances in “Hereditary” made the film and as pretentious as I felt it was I do feel “Hereditary” is getting unfairly pushed aside simply for being a horror movie. We’ll see if the Oscars change it up a bit but I doubt it.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)
A pretty solid category really. Having seen every film represented here except the severely limited released “At Eternity’s Gate” which is getting some great reviews I think these are all solid performances worthy of recognition. However there is ONE performance I feel is not represented here when it should be and that is Ethan Hawke’s incredible performance in “First Reformed” which is one of my personal favorite dramas of 2018. Hawke has received Best Actor nominations elsewhere for the role and I truly thought he would get one here. I’m would have removed Rami Malek and moved him to the comedy section of the awards. It’s about time Hawke earned some credibility for his acting chops and this was a great film and role to help him hit that milestone. Sadly it was not meant to be I guess. The other notable snub is Ryan Gosling. I thought “First Man” would be a MASSIVE favorite going into this show but it has not received as many nods as I expected. Not having Gosling in this category to me is criminal as I believe it is one of the best performances he’s ever put to screen.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)
This is a fun category and one where I am thrilled to see the nominees. I could not pick out one other woman that I believe deserves to be in this category and two of these films I haven’t even SEEN yet. “The Favourite” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are both getting great early buzz despite their wide releases still a week or two away but seeing the amazing performances of Charlize Theron and Elsie Fisher in this category actually gives me goosebumps as those two stared in two of the best dramedies of the year and, in my opinion, two of the best MOVIES of the year. Constance Wu’s nomination will surely be a popular one to add some diversity to the category and the popularity of “Crazy Rich Asians”, which rises above its romantic comedy setting to be one of the more charming films of the year, has made it a deserving fan favorite nominee for these categories. We will see if Olivia Coleman and Emily Blunt are truly worthy later this month but just on the surface I think this is a solid category that doesn’t warrant any real changes. This might actually be my favorite category of the show by the nominees alone.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”)
This is an odd category for me to comment on because I’ve only seen one of these films so far, “Green Book”, and Viggo Mortenson is more than deserving of his nomination here. I didn’t get to see “The Old Man & the Gun” despite it being highly recommended, “Vice” and “Mary Poppins Returns” have yet to be released and I don’t even know what “Stan & Ollie” is so I can’t really say whether or not any of the other four men should or shouldn’t be here. What I will say though is that I think Rami Malek should have earned a nomination HERE instead of in the Drama category. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was more comedy than drama anyways and he could have easily earned a spot over at least one of these performers. That would have opened space for either Ethan Hawke or Ryan Gosling in the Drama category and the world would have been right again.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)
Another tough one for me to judge at the moment but if I’m being honest based on hype alone I kind of figured this is how this category would go. “The Favourite” is living up to its name by becoming and early favorite in the awards circle with it’s performances and production being heavily praised. Seeing two actresses from that film here doesn’t shock me especially ones like Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz”. “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice” have not been released yet but both are heavy award season favorites even before their wide releases. The one performance I can comment on is Claire Foy and it’s nice to FINALLY see something from “First Man”. Foy has had an AMAZING career-making year so it’s nice to see her recognized for something especially by far her best contribution to film so far.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)
Two of these performances, Richard Grant in “Can You Forgive Me?” and Sam Rockwell in “Vice, I have not seen yet but neither surprise me considering the buzz those films seem to be getting. I have few issues with this category with Adam Driver, Mahershala Ali and Timothee Chalamet all tremendously deserving of their nominations as some of the best supporting roles of the year. However the most glaring absence here is Michael B. Jordan. How did he NOT get nominated? Whether it’s for “Creed II” or “Black Panther” Jordan had an amazing year showing what he can really do on the big screen. I truly think this is the biggest snub. Jordan has done more than enough to prove his talents and turned in two of his best performances yet in 2018. The fact that neither are represented here just doesn’t feel right to me at all. I think the exclusion of Sam Elliott from “A Star is Born”, which has also turned some heads, is a bit of a shocker but if I had to pick I’d say that Jordan’s snub is a much more tragic oversight on the part of the Golden Globes.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)
All of these films except for “Green Book” have yet to be released to the masses so again it’s hard to judge how deserving they are, but like many categories these were the nominees to be expected. After all, this is the one category where the Oscars are more diverse than the Globes with the Academy splitting screenplay into “adapted” and “original”. With the Globes all movies are the same regardless of any source material so snubs like “Black Panther”, “First Man”, “Tully” and “A Star is Born” could very well see their due credit at least in nomination form at the Oscars. It’s hard to deny that the movies represented here are deserving though and while we have yet to see a lot of these projects first hand it’s fair to assume most if not all of them will also receive some Oscar buzz.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
The first of two music related categories, I actually love the original score nominees even if they’re nowhere near who I expected might get the nod. I would have loved to see “Annihilation” get a nomination but all of these films represented here have unique musical accompaniment fitting of their own individual personalities and atmospheres. Even “Mary Poppins Returns”, which has not been released yet, has already given us a great listen into the score thanks to the trailers so even that film I can safely say is deserving. This is a solid category overall and one I think will be among the night’s most competitive in the movie segments. There are some solid scores here that all accompany some of the best films of 2018.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin’”)
“Requiem For a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)
This one is a strange one for me to make a call on because I’m not as familiar with all of these songs but I don’t think it matters who was nominated as long as “Shallow” got the nod. This was a relatively slow year for original songs in movies with not a lot of standouts from my perspective but obviously the one that really stands out is the main single from “A Star is Born”, a movie literally built to lean on music as a selling point. If I had to pick one song that didn’t get the credit it deserved I’d say “Ashes” by Celine Dion, the surprisingly poignant track that accompanied “Deadpool 2”. Is it the greatest song ever? No, but it fit the theme of the movie and Dion gives yet another amazing vocal performance worthy of recognition. So I ask if “My Heart Will Go On” deserves a Globe then why not “Ashes”?
Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
What a great group! I mean other than John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place”) and Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”) there really weren’t any other nominees that have stood out the way these five have. “Vice” and “Roma” have yet to be released but considering the hype these films have gotten and the quality filmmaking done by Cooper, Lee and Farrelly I do think this is a solid category. There are a few I’m surprised DIDN’T get nods like Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”) and Barry Kenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) but since neither of those films have been released yet to the masses I can’t say for myself if I would have traded them in for anyone else on the list. Overall the director category is always one of the toughest to call, but this should be among the most competitive categories nonetheless with some great talent up for the honor.
Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Isle of Dogs”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
These are pretty much the five films everyone should have expected in a year with only 11 or 12 actual potential nominees and even fewer big studio offerings than normal. What’s worth pointing out is that ALL of these movies, even the yet to be released “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, are certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and all have scores over 85%. In fact “Isle of Dogs” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” are currently the only ones with less than 90% at 89% and 88% respectively. So yeah this is a solid category and one of the most competitive animated feature selections in recent memory. Not to mention all of them are from different studios. Yeah “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” are both owned by Disney but one is Pixar and the other is Disney Animation so still technically two different studios. Even “Marai”, which I have yet to see for myself, is a Japanese import offering some diversity in the category. This is going to be a fun one to keep an eye on to see who wins out. It’s anyone’s game at this point.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
I’ve stated to death that movies like “Mary Poppins Returns”, “The Favourite” and “Vice” have yet to be released but they do seem to be the obvious nominees for this film. I can’t really think of any other options that would truly deserve to be in this category EXCEPT the two that HAVE been released and are also in this collection, “Green Book” and “Crazy Rich Asians”. Both movies received incredible critical acclaim and “Green Book” is poised to make a push for the Oscar for Best Picture so it’s no shocker to see either of these here. This is going to be an interesting category that could play a big part in setting the tone for the Academy and considering that this category rarely wins out over the drama films when it comes to the Oscars Best Picture award this looks like a collection of films that could very well break that losing streak and not only win gold at the globes, but the Oscars as well.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
There are SO many movies that deserved to be in this category, many of which were snubbed and the list of those movies not represented would go on too long for this post. However I will say this is a solid five movies that represent not only some of the best, but most popular films of the year. “If Beale Street Could Talk” is receiving rave reviews even before the masses get to see it, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has taken the world by storm though is maybe the least deserving in this collection in terms of quality, “BlacKkKlansman” is a deserving if underappreciated biopic from the often overlook Spike Lee, “A Star is Born” has been a balanced film with great fan support and critical acclaim and “Black Panther” is the most successful and most critically acclaimed superhero movie of all time. Like I said there are many films that could have fit in this category. “A Quiet Place”, “Beautiful Boy”, and especially “First Man” which to me is the biggest snub of them all and overall the most surprisingly ignored film at the Golden Globes just to name a few. Again I would take “Bohemian Rhapsody” and move it to the comedy selection and put “First Man” in its place. That is by far the biggest change that could have and should have been made to this lineup.
So again I ask what did you think of this year’s Golden Globe movie nominees? Let me know in the comments and I’ll revisit these again later this month with my personal predictions for the big show on Jan. 6.